S&P Analysis: Global Private Equity Entries Slip in August Amid Inflation, Valuation Concerns

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Private equity and venture capital deal value worldwide dropped in August as investors remained cautious about inflation and asset valuations, according to the latest S&P Global Market Intelligence data and analysis. 

Global private equity entries in August dipped 45.8% to $42.23 billion from $77.95 billion in the same month a year ago.

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Key highlights from the analysis include:

  • Announced deals during the month declined 28.5% to 1,441 from 2,015 transactions a year ago.
  • Total deal value year to date was $557.95 billion, down 27.8% year over year. The number of transactions slid 4.5% to 16,225. Yet the number and value of deals in 2022 are still strong compared to years preceding 2021, which was a record year for private equity activity.
  • The U.S. and Canada booked the largest amount of entry value totaling $25.89 billion across 511 transactions. In terms of number of deals, Asia-Pacific led in August with 567 transactions worth a total of $10.98 billion.
  • The technology, media and telecommunications sector continued to attract the most capital from private equity and venture capital firms during the month with $21.33 billion in total transaction value, although it was lower than $29.59 billion seen in the same month a year ago.
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